It costs as little as $3,000 a year or $250/month to support one student through the Student Assistance program. Donate now to the Student Assistance Program.
Helping Homeless Teens Graduate from High School
The goal of the Student Assistance Program is to keep the doors of opportunity open for our youth by helping at-risk teenagers complete their high school education.
Whether forced or fleeing from home, dozens of teenagers struggle to stay in school while living on their own. Without the emotional and financial support they need, too many young people give up, drop out, and settle for dead-end jobs. For many Kansas City area teenagers, the Student Assistance Program makes the difference between giving up and graduating. Students are referred to the Student Assistance Program by school counselors and social workers.
Academic Success - by providing support that helps youth stay in school, graduate and prepare for life after graduation
Financial Stability - by providing a monthly stipend to assist with living expenses as well as resource referrals for additional financial assistance, employment opportunities and other needs
Healthy Lifestyles - through psychosocial education, linkages to health-related resources and the provision of mental health counseling
Despite their challenges and lack of parental support, over 80 percent of participating Student Assistance Program seniors graduate. Many continue on to college or technical training. Overall, 90 percent of the teenagers enrolled in the Student Assistance Program achieve positive outcomes - staying in school, earning acceptable grades and attending regular case management meetings.